Team

For the 2016/2017 school year, we have a team full of passionate, fun, and driven students interested in law. We strive to provide educational events so that students will be more informed and motivated to learn more about how to achieve their goals.

SARAH KAABAR

President

Hi, welcome to our website! My name is Sarah Kaabar and I am the Co-President of the UBC Pre-Law Society. I’m extremely excited to meet you all at our upcoming events this year and discuss why we are all interested in studying law! A little bit about myself is I am trilingual (I speak English, Arabic and French) and I am originally from Tunisia. I enjoy watching and playing sports (I love the Lakers and Whitecaps) and spending time with my family. I am passionate about studying law because I am a people person and I genuinely am motivated in helping others. I like building relationships with people and learning as much as I can from others. We all have a story to share and the beauty of having conversations is learning the various perspectives everyone has. So if you ever see me around campus, feel free to say hi and I would love to chat 🙂 My life motto: Always overplan, overpack, but then just go with the flow.

ASHLEY BROWN

President

My name is Ashley Brown and I am one of the two Co-President’s of the UBC Pre-Law Society. I am in my final year at UBC, pursuing a degree in International Relations with a strong focus on economics. I am planning on attending a Canadian law school in September 2017. I have been lucky enough to have been a summer student at a boutique personal injury firm, Slater Vecchio LLP, for the past two summers. From this I have gained a lot of valuable knowledge in pursuing and practicing in the field of law I otherwise would not have had access to for some time, which is also something I am happy to share with all of you! I have a strong passion for working with people in need, but particularly those with intellectual disabilities. I have been a Special Olympics coach for over 4 years, and have also previously been an assistant math teacher at the Down Syndrome Research Foundation. I have had the privilege to be a part of this Executive Team for 3 years now, and have served most of my time as the VP Events. My hope is that our organization is able to reach as many people as possible and provide them with valuable knowledge about pursuing the career path of law. I am very excited for you all to see what we have in store for you this year, and can’t wait to meet you all!!

HYUNSOO KANYAMUNA

VP Internal

Hi, my name is Hyunsoo and I am entering my final year in the Honours Geography program. Having spent time in Montréal and New York, my fascination for cities underlie my academic inclinations. With research interests at the intersection of the natural and social sciences, my foci on urban morphology and design, location theory, and resource-based economies are inextricably connected.  An interest in the legal aspects of the aforementioned subjects has incited a strong consideration to further my studies through law school and graduate studies. Academics aside, I enjoy architectural design, exploring museums, growing my musical palate, and delving into books.

GURLANE BHANWAR

VP External

Hello! I am a third year Sociology Major with a Law and Society Minor who is aspiring to pursue a career in law. Having experienced the life in the legal field where I acted as a legal assistant for clients, I learned a lot about the small things that are important in the legal system. Not only did I prepare forms required for law suits, I also attended court trials to learn the legal process. With my passion towards criminal law, I completed the RCMP training for Restorative Justice, where I took an approach to justice that focuses on the needs of the victims and offenders, as well as the involved community. I have been involved in many different leadership events where I was a delegate at several conferences such as the UBC Student Leadership Conference at both the Vancouver campus and Okanagan campus, and the UBC CSLC. I was also honoured to be a member of the planning committee for the UBC Student Leadership Conference with the lead role for registration. Aside from having a passion for law, I enjoy solving Rubik’s cubes and Sudoku puzzles. I have always been a fond of bikes. When I was a child, I first started riding a bicycle with training wheels, and now as I grew older, I started riding a motorcycle. I am delighted to serve as your Vice-President External and am looking forward to meet all the members of the UBC Pre-Law Society!

ROBIN ASGARI

VP Events

Hey! I'm Robin and I'm a third-year student in the Faculty of Arts, majoring in political science with a minor in international relations. I'm particularly interested in the institutions of government, foreign affairs, and constitutional law and hope to attend law school after my undergrad. I've been active on campus, previously holding positions with the Alma Mater Society and Arts Undergraduate Society, I also served a the VP Finance of the Political Science Student Association. I'm politically active as well and most recently served as the President of the UBC Young Liberals of Canada during the 2015 Federal Election. I enjoy watching Suits, House of Cards and i'm a huge soccer fan.

FILZA RAZA

VP Events

Hi everyone! My name is Filza Raza and I am both honoured and extremely excited to be one of your VP Events this academic year. I am in the third year of my Arts degree, majoring in Political Science with a minor in Law and Society. I am passionate about politics & law and hope to integrate both in my future career. I have a diverse range of experiences from working on political campaigns to being one of the lead event coordinators of the Vancouver Mural Festival. I am a total foodie & some of my favourite binge-watching shows are House of Cards, the Good Wife, and (of course) GoT!

VANESSA MANN

VP Events

Hi, my name is Vanessa Mann and I am a third-year student at UBC, majoring in Psychology. I have always been keen on studying the various aspects of psychology, particularly human behaviour and cognition. I am primarily interested in criminal and family law; therefore, in the future I would like to be able to take the knowledge that I have gained in Psychology and apply it to the field of law. In my spare time I like to golf, go shopping and hang out with my friends and family. I also enjoy watching Scandal, Suits, Criminal Minds and Grey’s Anatomy. I am very pleased and excited to have been selected as one of the VP Events for this academic year. I consider it to be a great honour to be a part of the executive team of UBC’s Pre-Law Society. Looking forward to a great year!

BARBARA PENG

VP Marketing

Hello! My name is Barbara and I am in my third year—majoring in Sociology and minoring in Law and Society. This is my first year on the Pre-Law executive team and I am thrilled to be involved in the UBC community and to be doing something meaningful beyond academics. Why do I want to pursue law? Honestly, in this early stage of the game, it makes for a nice ambitious goal to achieve. I am particularly interested in the area where our legal system and society intersects. I find it fascinating—the tension between public policy and real life social needs and interests. No matter what I end up doing, I hope to touch people’s lives and apply my knowledge to the real world in a humanitarian and practical way. Outside of school, you can find me having a blast with graphic design and feasting my eyes on all things creative and beautiful. I love talking to people, watching movies, baking bird’s nest cookies, and biking/soaking in the view. My favourite quote is “life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the number of moments that take our breath away.” I am excited for the moments that await the team this year! Let’s make this year ours!

CRYSTAL LYE

VP Sponsorship

I am a fourth year student specializing in real estate commerce. Law has been an aspiration of mine since I was in high school as I find that the logical, detail-oriented and relationship-focused aspect of the stream aligns well with my personality and strengths. In particular, my goal is to focus on either corporate or real estate law. Outside of school, my passions include reading, hiking, and taking endless Snapchats of my cat and food. I am excited for my second year as an executive of Pre-Law Society!

JERRY KU

VP Sponsorship

Hi everyone! My name is Jerry Ku and I will be entering my 3rd year at UBC. I just declared my major in the Political Sciences with the intention to pursue further studies in law after I graduate. After being a part of the Pre-Law Society for the past two years I wanted to take the next step and join the executive. As such, this will be my first year serving as your VP Sponsorship and I'm extremely excited of all the quality events we can continue to bring to you guys as well as implement some exciting new ideas. Aside from being part of the exec team, I'm a huge fan of sports, actively playing basketball, soccer and snowboarding, but I follow just about everything else. Looking forward to meeting all our fantastic members, new and old in this upcoming year!

KATHERINE AKLADIOS

Treasurer

I am a fourth year student majoring in Near Eastern Religious studies. My interest in law is in corporate and international law, as it bridges the gap between my passion for law and international relations. In my spare time I am often planning my next travel expedition or working as a barista. I also enjoy running, yoga, and socializing with my friends and family.

DIANA WANG

IT Director

Hello there. The name is Diana, wandering and wondering second-year student - and I'm your IT gal pal. I am an inspired BCom with a passion for the language and fine arts, leading me to pursue an English minor and an International Business option. Professionally, I am a highly-diligent, dedicated individual and a shameless perfectionist. With a strong belief in justice and the importance of representation, I naturally gravitated towards Law as a career option. However, don't be fooled by the business "aura", I am also a sassy extrovert with a penchant for lame and original puns. In my spare time, I enjoy reading, yoga, ballroom dancing, and playing the piano and guitar. You can always find me laughing at a (or my own) lame joke, listening to semi-hipster Spotify playlists, or writing in my bullet journal. So see if you can Spot(ify) me on campus! Sorry, bad joke. I'm just not acquit-er, you know?

HARRIS MAK

Executive Assistant

Hi! My name is Harris and I am a 2nd year B. Com student. I will be joining this year’s Pre-Law Society team as an Executive Assistant. Upon graduation, I intend to either work in the accounting field or pursue a degree in law, specializing in either corporate, environmental or civil rights law. From being inspired at summer programs to volunteering at small law firms, I hope to further build on my current knowledge and understanding of the various fields of law. Most importantly, I strive to help the Pre-Law Society members take several steps closer towards law careers by providing invaluable events and opportunities. Beyond my studies, I can be found working for other student clubs or trying my best to entertain my pet dog, Scott. My interests include painting, photography and running!

LOIS ZHANG

Executive Assistant

Hi there! My name is Lois and I’m a third year International Relations student, interested in political philosophy, Canadian government, and global politics. I got the great opportunity to spend my summer working at one of the top law firms in Beijing as an intern and I realized that a law career would be something I’m passionate about. I have worked for UBC Japan Association since first year and I indulge myself in good books, good (or bad) movies, and Broadway musicals on my free time. I’m honored and excited to join UBC Pre-Law Society as one of the executive assistants this year and I’m looking forward to meeting everyone.

SARINA GILL

Executive Assistant

Hi my name is Sarina and I am in my fourth and final year of undergrad majoring in Psychology. I transferred to UBC in my third year and it has been one of the best decisions I have ever made! Going to the Pre-law Society events throughout my first year at UBC helped make the transition easier and allowed me to meet people who share a similar passion in law. During my free time, I enjoy activities such as hiking and jogging, as well as volunteering, spending time with my dog, watching Netflix, and eating lots of delicious food with my best friends. I have recently started volunteering at a women’s center in Vancouver called Sorella and will be attending law school in the fall of 2017. As an executive assistant for the Pre-Law Society I am looking forward to meeting all of you at our multiple events and getting to network with a wide variety of professionals and future lawyers!

MARTIN GREYELL

Executive Assistant

My name is Martin and I am in my fourth year here at UBC majoring in history! The focus of my degree has been twofold: on the social continuities of youth culture throughout the 20th century, and the mass migration patterns of refugees following the cold war. Outside of school I enjoy working with the disability foundation, specifically the BCMOS hiking program. Additionally, I serve in the Canadian Armed Forces with the Seaforth Highlanders of Canada infantry regiment. I have been interested in law ever since I would sit in on my father during his litigations; and more recently while reading his judicial decisions over his shoulder. I hope to pursue my own career in the fields of labour & employment or contracts post law school. Thanks for taking the time to read my bio! If you ever see me around UBC please do not hesitate to say hello!